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IPL auction 2018: KL Rahul, Sanju Samson, Dinesh Karthik headline keepers’ day out

KL Rahul, Sanju Samson and Dinesh Karthik won the big bucks on day 1 of the IPL auction 2018 in Bangalore.

cricket Updated: Jan 27, 2018 15:35 IST
N. Ananthanarayanan
N. Ananthanarayanan
Hindusatan Times, New Delhi
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Sanju Samson, who played for Delhi Daredevil in IPL 2017, has been bought by Rajasthan Royals for a whopping 8 crores in the IPL auction 2018 in Bangalore on January 27. (BCCI )

Multi-tasking is the name of the Twenty20 game and batsmen-wicketkeepers fully cashed in on Saturday in the Indian Premier League 2018 player auction. India stumper, Parthiv Patel, who played for champions Mumbai Indians in IPL 2017 went unsold, but that wasn’t a portent of things to come. Sanju Samson and Dinesh Karthik won the big bucks after hot bids. (LIVE UPDATES OF IPL AUCTION 2018)

South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, who can be a match-winner with the bat, was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for a rather bargain price of Rs 2.8 crore (Rs 2 crore base price). Their challengers let de Kock go rather cheaply perhaps looking at his form and due to the rule that allows only four foreigners in the playing eleven.

Delhi Daredevils didn’t use the Right to Match card because Delhi stumper-hitter Rishabh Pant was one of the three players they retained.

Kings XI Punjab splurged Rs 11 crore for opening batsman KL Rahul, who could yet be the most expensive wicketkeeper if he is asked to double up. However, the specialists had a field day.

Wriddhiman Saha though cashed in. Last year with Kings XI Punjab, he was purchased for Rs 5 crore by 2016 IPL champions Sunrisers Hyderabad, who had let go of Naman Ojha. The Quinton de Kock low price reflected in England’s Jonny Bairstow getting no interest, but Dinesh Karthik was a different deal altogether.

Dinesh Karthik, right, catches the ball as teammate Rohit Sharma looks on during the team practice at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, ahead of their 3rd and final cricket test match against South Africa. (AP)

Karthik fetched Rs 7.4 crore as Kolkata Knight Riders looked to make amends for their early waiting game, winning a bidding war with Mumbai Indians. Karthik, who played for Gujarat Lions in IPL 2017, had a base price of Rs 2 crore.

Former Indian cricketers Robin Uthappa, Amol Mazumdar and Rohan Gavaskar at a ceremony in Mumbai recently. (PTI)

Mumbai Indians almost seemed to have netted Robin Uthappa, an attacking bat and useful keeper, for Rs 6.40 crore until KKR exercised the Right-to-Match. That gives them the option of two stumper-batsmen.

Sanju Samson was bought for Rajasthan Royals for a whopping Rs 8 crore. It again highlighted the demand for Indian keeper-batsmen. It was a sort of homecoming for the Kerala player, who turned out for Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2017.

Jos Buttler, the England batsman-keeper, also went to Rajasthan Royals, for Rs 4.4 crore while Chennai Super Kings – the smartest buyers of the day – bid Rs 2.2 crore for Ambati Rayudu, a handy bat and a reserve if skipper MS Dhoni needs a replacement with keeping gloves.

First Published: Jan 27, 2018 15:30 IST